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Trans-Pecos Festival Workshops

Here are just a few of the arts and crafts workshops available at the festival. Check back often for new additions, and contact Nicki with questions about workshops.

DIY Bar: Beverage Botanica & Love Potions 

Brush up your beverage skills in this botanical beverage workshop by Kate Payne, highlighting aphrodisiacs to enchant and allure. We'll cover methods and basics for cordials, shrubs, syrups and other artful infusions. Participants will sip their way through the recipes they make and take home a personalized potion. Class fee includes all supplies and a recipe packet.

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Price: $75

Location: El Cosmico kitchen

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Yoga for Humans with Aqui Yoga

Aqui Yoga brings our lighthearted Baja California Sur yoga to Marfa. Everyone welcome. Thick, thin, cranky, hungover, stiff, loose…whatever, man! (Please say that “whatever, man” in an exasperated Lebowksi voice when you read it.) We like our yoga to fit our lives and our lives to fit our yoga. Hence, judgment-free space to get our yoga on, together, under the big top at the best lil’ festival of music and love on the damn planet. Come join us for some Far West Texas Yoga vibes.

Date: Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24

Time: 9am - 10:15am

Price: $16

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The Basics of Welding with KKDW

Learn the principles of welding with KKDW. Workshop participants will leave with a stool they created as well as an illustrated booklet with distilled class information, including notes on everything you’ll need to recreate class work and beyond on your own. All equipment and supplies will be provided, but remember to wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and something non-flammable (cotton and other natural fibers are a safe choice).

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 10am -12pm

Price: $250

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Workout! with Erica Nix

Erica Nix is on a mission to Make Working Out Fun Again! You’ll be sweatin’ to the 90’s – Richard Simmons style! This is not your typical aerobics class. This class is more RAW, more Gay, and more Ridiculous than any class you have ever experienced. When you workout with Erica Nix you aren’t just working your bod, you are creating art.

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

Price: $16

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Talismans + Charms

Join folk herbalist Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs for a sweet evening ceremony to dream into being a talisman or charm to carry with you on your path. Talismans + Charms can be made for protection, to bless specific life events and times of transformation, or they can be crafted to embody and solidify the lessons that recur in your life again + again. During our honey-hued sunset ceremony, we'll each go within to call forth the plant and stone medicines which exemplify the forces we're wishing to invoke in our own lives at this time. Using wild treasures gathered on Sophia's travels, all of the resources needed will be provided for crafting a precious + potent personal medicine bundle. An evening not to be missed for anyone moving through a time of transition, initiation, or simply seeking to connect more deeply with themselves + their own unique path.

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 6-8pm

Price: $75

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Wild Plants of West Texas

Wandering the grounds of El Cosmico, and perhaps a bit beyond the fray, we'll get to know a handful of the loveliest rogues -- those edible and medicinal plants that you've perhaps lived with all your life but never taken notice of. We'll also discuss how to cultivate a nourishing relationship with all things wild and how you can carry this practice with you through the world. This hour long plant walk will provide a wonderful introduction to the botanical landscape of West Texas and beyond. There will be plenty of nibbling, sniffing, squinting, and marveling at botanical details, and lots of time for asking questions.

Date: Friday, Septmeber 23

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Price: $30

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Candlemaking in the Desert

Have you ever wanted to make your own candles? In the desert? In Marfa? Well, here's your chance - Manready Mercantile founder T.S. Weaver is leading a West Texas style candle making workshop! Come customize your own candle with all natural ingredients - clean burning soy wax and your choice of essential oils. Cost includes 1 candle and vessel, all yours to take back to light your tent, teepee, trailer, yurt or wherever you're laying your head down for a weekend full of Trans-Pecos music and love.

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 3-5pm

Price: $36

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Indigo Tie-Dying on Jungmaven Hemp Tees

Join Rob Jungmann, founder of hemp-based clothing line Jungmaven, for an indigo tie-dye workshop using hemp tees. You'll learn about tie-dye, indigo, and the beauty of hemp (while also making a killer shirt). Jungmaven started in 2005 while on a surf trip in Costa Rica. Now designed and produced in Los Angeles, CA, Jungmaven sources high quality hemp and organic cotton to make premium tee shirts, sweatshirts and accessories. Longer lasting and more environmentally friendly than conventional cotton, Jungmaven's mantra is to get "Everyone In A Hemp Tee By 2020." All equipment and supplies will be provided.

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: $60

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Beginner's Weaving with Savannah Kurka

During this workshop, we will explore the craft of weaving and make a piece of woven wall art on a small lap loom. Students will learn about the basics to weaving, and leave knowing the foundation of creating a piece of woven art again and again. All materials would be provided, including lap looms, yarn, needles, thread, and directions to take home for reference.

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 10am-1pm

Price: $100

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Paper Marbling

Marbling is an ancient technique used to embellish paper and fabric with swirls of color. Colors are floated and manipulated on an aqueous surface and transferred to a paper or fabric surface, creating a unique pattern reminiscent of the natural look of marble, stones and liquid smoke. Students will learn how to:

  • Coat papers and surface with an alum mordant
  • Make a Carrageenan size
  • Mix and test a variety of paints with gall
  • Make a splatter brush and other marbling tools from household items
  • Manipulate the floating paints to create magical patterns of color

Students leave with a marbling kit to continue creating at home, as well as five sheets of marbled paper and two fabric samples (silk and/or cotton).

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 10am-12pm

Price: $70

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Drawing with Fire with Abi Daniel

Join illustrator Abi Daniel for an introduction to this meditative drawing technique, as we explore the organic, blooming quality of a burned line on wood. Using wood-burning pens, you will create drawings and patterns on 5”x7” wood panels, and also have the option to embellish a small wooden stash box to hide your treasures in. Add warm fields of color to your masterpieces using washes of watercolor pigment that sink into the woodgrain. Use some provided flash art for inspiration, or bring a drawing or some lettering of your own to work from. Wood-burning pens, pencils, watercolors, brushes, 5”x7” wood panels, and small round wooden boxes will be provided.

(Artwork in photo by Jessica Hildreth)

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 4pm-6pm

Price: $75

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West Texas Watercolors for Kids

Draw, collage, and paint with natural dye watercolors as you make a unique artwork through the techniques and approaches of artists Tierra Firme. Use textile nets for specimen rubbings and cochineal bugs as paints as we ponder the relationship of materials and place inspired by the West Texas desert. Participants will learn how to make natural dye watercolors from scratch and will complete a large mixed media artwork that explores West Texas landscapes, barriers, portals, and science. For children ages 5-12.

Date: Sunday, September 25

Time: 10am-12pm

Price: $65

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